Taking a Spore Print

There are two main reason for making a spore print; to identify a specimen; or to propagate the spores in order to create a new strain of a selected species.

Identifying fungi from morphology alone can be very difficult. By determining the characteristics of the spores you are better able to categorise a specimen. This can be as simple as observing the colour of the spores from a spore print or you could view the spores under microscope to determine their shape.

If you are taking spores to culture a new strain a few more precautions are necessary to limit the risk of contamination.

Materials:

  • tinfoil
  • zip lock bag

Equipment:

  • scalpel/knife
  • glass/bowl

Method:

  • Carefully cut the cap from the stipe.
  • Place the cap on a piece of tin foil.
  • Cover the cap with glass or bowl (optional)
  • Leave 12 to 24 hours. Remove the cap.
  • Carefully fold the print in half and then fold in the edges before placing into a sealable plastic bag.
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